Author: Encyclopaedia Britannica Company. many owners and editors. Hugh Chisholm. 1910-1911-1922.
Keywords: encyclopedia; dictionary; knowledge; ideas; history; arts; science; literature; information
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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September 23, 2014
analysis of e-version
I downloaded the entire EB from this site some months ago, and liked it fine. Now I'm having trouble reading it in PDF form, and I notice I now get a message with each download from 'our beloved Google' taking credit for the availablity! Also I can't get good page alignment on my PDF reader. (Foxit Reader 4.3, which is excellent.) I expect to get it to behave better.
Now as to some of the complaints. The EB 1911 was scanned photographically and thus will never be completely satisfactory. The information is worth digging out.
The Bible reference in the description mentions the serious coverage of that book. This is perhaps more true than the writer knew. It is extensive, but the writers are a mixture of old-school and new. Some are Word-of-God folks and others are liberal in their view of Jonah/Jonas, the miracles etc. In 1911 Darwin had already been buried with honors in Westminster Abbey, a citadel of the C of E, and the Anglicans had already begun to adopt evolutionary thinking. The traditionalists were of course fighting what has become a losing battle. I take a neutral stance on this, only pointing out that this EB is perfect for its time, and thus more valuable to the historian.
Anyway, where else can you find articles on low-temperature physics by Sir James Dewar and on poetry by Algernon Swinburne?
August 30, 2011
Slowly the set is being placed on Project Gutenburg
I am not sure where they are now with this project but Distributed Proofing is currently creating an ebook version of the 1911 set. Due to the size of the files they are being broken into smaller sections. You can see the ones completed on Project Gutenburg. You are welcome to help by going to www.pgdp.net.
August 30, 2011
Partial index available
I was able to extract a partial index of the encyclopedias which might help. these are all in the Read on line versions:
vol 1 A to Androphagi
Vol 2 Andros to Austria
Vol 3 not avail yet
vol 4 Bisharin to Clagary
Vol 5 Calhoun to Chatelaine
Vol 6 Chatelet to Constantine
Vol 7 Constantine Pavlovich to Demidov
Vol 8 not avail yet.
Vol 9 Edwardes to Evangical Association
Vol 10 Evangelical Church to Frances Joseph
vol 11 Franciscans to Gibson, William Hamilton.
Vol 12 Gichtel to Harmonium
Vol 13 Harmony - Hurst Monceaux
Vol 14 Husband to Italic
Vol 15 Italy to Kyshtym
Vol 16, 17, 18 not avail
Vol 19 Mun - Oddfellows
Vol 20 Ode - Payment of Members.
Vol 21 Payn - Polka
Vol 22 - not avail
vol 23 Medal - mumps
Vol 24 Sainte Claire Deville - Shuttle
Vol 25 - not avail
vol 26 Submarine Mines to Tom-Tom
Vol 27 Tonalite-Vesuvius
Vol 28 Vetch - Zymotic Diseases.
I know it's difficult, but at least we can search these.
March 15, 2011
Encyclopedia Britannica 11th ed.
I agree with the lamented state of the technology at the present. To find the the right volume you must right click and see its properties; the In dex does not link; short of downloading all volumes and accessing them from your PC it is discouraging. Perhaps a program could be added to Index the Volumes and Contents of such multi vol. sets. mjm,2010. ((Thanks for the alert of corrupt file, vol. 3 a 70 mb file is replaced with a 106 mb file that is good. mjm, 2011.))
February 24, 2011
Volume 3 corrupt/missing
Volume 3 exists here only as a corrupt PDF, and exists in none of the other formats.
May 6, 2010
Enc.Brit. 11 th edition, but oh, oh! The tecnical problems!
It's such a useful source for historians like me but I find this e-version a nightmare to access. Why can't the e-index simply list each part (eg Vol 4, part 2, Ban to Boom).How on earth are readers to find their way through it if we have to click on every title, blindly. Some links were broken. I gave up.
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